The Jon Fiorillo Memorial Men’s Box Lacrosse Tournament will be held June 1-3 at E.J. Murray Rink in Yonkers.
The event honors a former collegiate player (pictured at left) who grew up playing both field and box lacrosse in Corning, N.Y. Fiorillo later attended Onondaga Community College and Manhattan College before transferring to SUNY Brockport for his final year of eligibility. He was Manhattan’s 2010 Team MVP and a conference goalie of the week honoree.
James Synowicz of Top Side Lacrosse, along with owner and founder of Top Side, Justin Otto, were friends with Fiorillo. Both still play box lacrosse and have started introducing boxla to the area.
“What better way to honor a friend than through the sport he loved to play,” Otto said. “It is my honor and privilege to start this memorial tournament and clinic to remember why we play this game.”
Top Side currently has four teams registered for the event but is hopeful that six will participate. Teams are guaranteed fives games (three plus playoffs).
All proceeds from the tournament will go to the Jon Fiorillo Scholarship that has been set up by the Fiorillo family.
The youth clinic will be held on Friday, June 1 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. to introduce all fifth-eighth grade boys to the indoor side of the sport and how it differs from field. Players will then have the opportunity to showcase what they learned in a scrimmage on Saturday in between the men’s games. They will receive free passes to watch the games all weekend.
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